Friday, September 30, 2022

Unearthly Creation

     "In His hand are the depths of the earth and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land." Psalm 95:4-5

        Greetings to you all on this beautiful fall day,

            We just returned from Scotland a couple weeks ago. It was a truly amazing trip. We had planned to go there a couple years from now but got a deal on it and decided to go now. I am a person who likes to travel but would rather go somewhere fairly close and not stay long. So I dragged my feet a bit about going but I am so glad we went! I am part Scottish and so is my husband and being the history nerd that I am made it all the more fun. Scotland is all about history and scenery. Two of my favorite things.

            And to top it off we were there when the Queen died not far from where we were. It was a sober time for many, especially older folks since she had reigned for 70 years. Many people there commented on how she took time out to always greet them or how she helped someone they knew. A photographer who had taken photos of her for years up until the week she passed said she still had a beaming smile and always lit up the room. 

            There were special newsreels every night when we got back to our B n B. Such a legacy she left. She tried to always remain neutral and always listen to someone else's point of view. She also always gave credit to Jesus as her Saviour. She was not timid in sharing her faith. 

            Another aspect of this trip was that everywhere you looked there was a photo to take whether you were driving on a one lane road, looking up at a castle or in a village from the 1500's. AND being the farm girl I am, I had to find my Heilan Coo (highland cow). I probably have 200 photos I took and one thing I kept thinking...this is amazing! Thank you Lord for your amazing creation. Some of the topography was like nothing I have ever seen. It looked ...otherworldly. 

            I hope you have a chance to praise Him today for the beauty all around us. Trees, rivers, oceans or mountains. He has made them all. 




Thursday, September 1, 2022

A New Season

 Do you feel that sometimes you are plodding along instead of enjoying the journey? I have been a bit that way lately. I have been following the path but its been not quite going how I thought it would. I am a person who loves summer. I love doing all the summer things. I am an outside girl so summer and fall are my favorite times of year as the Boise area is sunny 280 days a year and I embrace it. When the kids were younger our summers would be full of lake and river days. We also had a pool that we spent a lot of time in, along with gardening, mountain adventures, jet skiing on our favorite alpine lake, going to church camp, visiting relatives, family camping trips, and bbqs. 

Lately, being an empty nester, the path is different. Some of those things happen but I miss my kids. I may still see a bit but the days are different. I get to the end of summer and don't always feel like I had my fun. Which is okay. It is a new season. I have been embracing my ministry. Even that is tough in the summer. Don't get me wrong, I am so very fortunate to have a great yard and garden, wonderful church family, awesome husband and kind friends. I am also absolutely amazed that at this stage of life I have had three books and a workbook published in 6 years. I mean...who knew? I would never have guessed that would be where my path would take me. 

I look towards fall now that summer is wrapping up and see a very full time. A new grand baby coming soon. A trip or two. A couple conferences and my workbook comes out October 4! It covers the first 15 episodes of my video series. And a few churches are going to use it for their women's Bible study. You can always contact my team if your Bible study would like to use it as well. We love to hear from you all.

Book sales can be slow in the summer which is always hard but they pick up in fall. SO I know God has me on this path and sometimes we do just need to follow along, be obedient to what God has for us and see where it takes us. As I have looked forward I know that I want to continue to share the gospel with as many as possible and to encourage others to purposely share their faith. That is my goal. And if the path swerves to the side, its ok. My favorite verses that I most likely have shared before are from Psalm 37:23-24, "The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled down, because the LORD is the one who holds his hand."

I hope you are looking forward to this fall and all it has for you. Live your life loving God and serving Him no matter the path. 

Lord Bless, Nicki

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